ITS America Releases Reply Comments to the FCC on Safety Spectrum Sharing

ITS America recently filed reply comments on July 22nd, 2016 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking stating that any sharing the 5.9 GHz (DSRC) Band with unlicensed devices should be permitted only if it can be shown that such sharing will not interfere with DSRC’s ability to protect and save lives. The comments can be read by clicking on the following link: http://www.itsa.org/advocacy/safety-and-connected-vehicles-

ITS America also maintains a summary of the comments filed to date on their website at the following address: http://www.itsa.org/advocacy/safety-and-connected-vehicles-

2017 Minnesota Transportation Conference and Call for Presentations

The 2017 Minnesota Transportation Conference is scheduled for March 1-2, 2017, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN.  

At this time, the conference planning committee is soliciting presentation ideas for the 2017 conference. Presentation ideas must be submitted electronically by Monday, July 18th, 2016 for consideration. The conference planning committee will notify submitters by November whether or not their abstract has been accepted for presentation.  

More information will be added as it becomes available to the conference website at: http://prekk003-mtc.cts-dev.software.umn.edu/index.htm.  We look forward to seeing many members of ITS Minnesota at this event in March 2017!

Conflicts between Autonomous Vehicle Development and Legislation

Below is a link to an Associated Press article describing potential conflicts between Autonomous Vehicle manufacturers and researchers with efforts to develop legislation within various states designed to ensure the overall safety of autonomous vehicle travel.  This article was also featured in the Star Tribune on March 17th, 2016. 

http://www.startribune.com/autonomous-cars-aren-t-perfect-but-how-safe-must-they-be/372384201/

Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Featured During Super Bowl Commercial

During the 2016 Super Bowl, Arrow Electronics aired a commercial highlighting the power of technology by giving an injured race car driver the ability to drive again through the use sensors within the vehicle detecting head movement and breathing to drive the vehicle on a controlled race track.  The commercial is an example of the progress being made by auto manufacturers with respect to the development of autonomous vehicles.

Click HERE to view the commercial that was run during the Super Bowl.

City of Minneapolis Responds to USDOT Smart City Challenge

The City of Minneapolis, on behalf of Metro Transit, the city of Saint Paul, and a half-dozen other partners, submitted an application on February 4th, 2016 in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, a competition to bring home $50 million to improve transit and transportation.  Further details on the application can be found in an article posted on Finance and Commerce by author Janice Bitters by clicking on this link: http://finance-commerce.com/transit/2016/02/02/agencies-gear-up-for-50m-transportation-challenge/

The USDOT issued a press release on February 8th with the news that 77 applications were received from cities all across the country.  Five finalists will be announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 12th, and the finalists will each receive $100,000 to hone their proposals and develop applications for the final selection process scheduled for June 2016.  The full USDOT press release and other details on the Smart City Challenge can be found by clicking on this link: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/1352b9e

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